I ran a bath this morning at 5:30 a.m.
and I thought to myself how absolutely
wonderful a bath can be.
A tub full of warm water
is such a simple thing!
And it made me realize that
the world is so full of simple things.
We are usually too busy thinking
about the complicated things-
that we sometimes take simplicity for granted.
I love these simple things:
1. The fragrance and convenience of liquid hand soap
2. Pull tab soup cans
3. My sister paying me with her special tuna salad
whenever I highlight her hair
4. A new magazine
5. Clean sheets and pillow cases
6. The sound of walking through autumn leaves
7. Downy fresh towels
8. New underwear and socks
9. Popcorn and a good DVD
10. Sweet music
11. Birds playing in rain puddles
12. Morning coffee
13. A soft robe
14. An unexpected kiss
15. Greeting cards
16. A positive bank balance
17. Making plans
18. A phone call from my sisters
19. A comment on my blog
20. Crab rangoon
21. Freshly vacuumed carpet
22. Hot chocolate with marshmallows
23. New porch decor
24. A lilac/tangerine/baby blue/sunrise
25. Good health
27. Holding my husband's hand
28. A new tablecloth
30. A full moon
May your day be rich with simple things...
And consider these quotes about embracing simplicity:
To poke a wood fire is more solid enjoyment than almost anything else in the world. ~Charles Dudley Warner
Everything we possess that is not necessary for life or happiness becomes a burden, and scarcely a day passes that we do not add to it. ~Robert Brault
The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. ~Robert Louis Stevenson
We don't need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants. Not wanting something is as good as possessing it. ~Donald Horban
Each day, awakening, are we asked to paint the sky blue? Need we coax the sun to rise or flowers to bloom? Need we teach birds to sing, or children to laugh, or lovers to kiss? No, though we think the world imperfect, it surrounds us each day with its perfections. We are asked only to appreciate them, and to show appreciation by living in peaceful harmony amidst them. The Creator does not ask that we create a perfect world; He asks that we celebrate it. ~Robert Brault